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Et voilà, after a few hours suffering in the hot (and humid) weather, thanks to Mr Flibble‘s help, the Prickwillow exhibition is live.
The hanging was quite perilous, but it sort of looks like what I envisaged, so I am quite pleased, overall.
However it isn’t to everyone’s taste: a villager even took the time to stop his car, call us and ask us “what was the fuss about this phone box?” In 40 years in Prickwillow, he never seen anything like this, and it is a real shame. All this attention should instead go to the war memorial, not far away.
The memorial was new to me, so I think there is a marketing issue there: maybe there was more publicity in about the phonebox than about the memorial?
So I decided to inform you dear reader, that there is something else than a phonebox in the village. So if you go to see my paintings, maybe you can have a little thought about the victims of the war too… the monument stands outside what was once the Prickwillow Post Office.
Next week, I will exhibit in the Prickwillow phone box, in the Art Gallery created by Nick Edell. This is such a fun project it was difficult not to be tempted to take part: http://www.thephoneboxgallery.org
But when time came to select the pieces to exhibit, I realized it wouldn’t be that easy.
For a start, I wonder if the painting will resist to hot/wet/undefined weather conditions… but I hope acrylics is quite resilient… But more importantly, looking at all the measurements, it became obvious that only two of my canvases would fit in the space available!
So I specially created 3 new paintings (I am actually making a forth one just in case) nice and long to fit the windows…
I will post some photos later, but for the moment I am laminating what I hope will fit in the windows
Here is a mock-up of what it *should* look like from the outside. The paintings should be visible from the cracks…
So, if you’d like to see the lastest embe’s, head off to Prickwillow in August!
I am preparing for my last day of the Cambridge Open studios… fortunately, the weather is rather fair, so I can reasonably expect my outside paintings to stay dry. It is so nice to show people around, and have a cup of tea in the garden whilst talking about what I do, and my techniques.
I would love to be able to paint during the exhibition itself, so that I can exactly show what I mean, but acrylics are so quick to dry that it is to difficult to do. I did gave some demos of iPad painting, that where apparently quite useful, so I should try and write something about it here in the near future.
However, if you want to discuss this live, come and see me today. I am number 22 on the guide, and it is my last day today!
Quick, I need to put the flag up now!
The art auction organised by Alice Clough in support of The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and Cam-Mind I blogged about in May was reschedule to the 16th of July, in a bigger place: the Haddenham Galleries, at 6.30. The viewing will be accompanied with food, drink and live music. It is a real shame I will be to busy to celebrate Bastille Day + 2 in France and won’t be able to attend… But I still made a bid on one piece of Art, so I might still make most of the event, unless you are more generous?
The auction will feature some work from Cambridge artists: Jo Tunmer, John Lyons, Craig Kerrecoe, Bettina Starke, Sue Rapley, Lorraine Izon, Christophe Gordon-Brown, Anna Pye, Mishhtu Austin, Abi Cochrain, Terrry Beard, Amanda Hall, Claire WIllis, Ruth Hawkins, eithne Fisher, Jo Barltrkop, Marieke Hordyk, Tony Foster, Angela di Cintio, Anthony Hopkinson, Sarah Butterfield, Barbara-Jean Grafton and more…
Find out more at www.iambulance.org
… and put it in your diary!
A few months ago, I registered for the Cambridge Open studios, happening July. At the time, it felt like a good idea.
I still think it was a good idea, but I start to feel the pressure to produce more new paintings. Unfortunately, my 3650 project has a funny/weird influence on what I do: where I used to paint mainly abstract figures, I am now more tempting to so more figurative stuff. Or at least, initially. Because in reality, whatever I produce that starts to become too figurative in my mind end up on the side, unfinished. And I cannot finish it. It just doesn’t work. It is painful.
It’s like if a 2 sides in my brain were in conflict, and I am not sure how to tackle it. I cannot revert to the comfort of my most recent paintings, because it feels too old, and I would like to move on from it too. But I cannot finish these more figurative stuff. I am stuck in a creative limbo. And the clock goes to fast, and the days are passing faster and faster.
Recently, I found a great structure paste that allow fantastic textures on canvases. But even then, I cannot really find the comfort I am after. I struggle. And I paint over and over the same canvas again. Is this procrastination? Fear? I don’t know.
At some point I will have to simply accept the pictures that come to my mind, put them down, and ship them, in hope that I will get used to them.